22 days in California Itinerary

22 days in California Itinerary

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22 days in California Itinerary

Start: Kuwait City
Fly:  20​h
1
San Diego
— 2 nights
Drive:  2​h 15​min
2
Los Angeles
— 4 nights
Fly + Drive:  4​h 15​min
3
Yosemite National Park
— 3 nights
Drive:  4​h 45​min
4
Carmel
— 2 nights
Drive:  3​h 15​min
5
St. Helena
— 3 nights
Drive:  1​h 30​min
6
San Francisco
— 5 nights
Fly:  19​h 30​min
End: Kuwait City

2
nights
San Diego

San Diego ©
Divided into neighborhoods with distinct characters and cultural heritages, San Diego sits just north of the Mexican border and offers visitors a blend of tourist attractions, including a lively nightlife, diverse cuisine, and a thriving musical scene.
Your itinerary includes some good beach time at La Jolla Cove and Children's Pool. And it doesn't end there: get a taste of the local shopping with Gaslamp Quarter, tour the pleasant surroundings at Mission Beach Park, meet the residents at San Diego Zoo, and pause for some photo ops at Cabrillo National Monument.

To find where to stay, more things to do, traveler tips, and tourist information, use the San Diego trip planner .

Kuwait City, Kuwait to San Diego is an approximately 20-hour flight. You can also do a combination of flight and train; or do a combination of flight, bus, and train. The time zone changes from Arabia Standard Time to Pacific Standard Time, which is usually a -11 hour difference. Traveling from Kuwait City in July, expect San Diego to be colder, temps between 29°C and 23°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 30th (Tue) early enough to drive to Los Angeles.

Things to do in San Diego

Parks Beaches Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
La Jolla Cove ©
La Jolla Cove
Children's Pool ©
Children's Pool
Mission Beach Park ©
Mission Beach Park

4
nights
Los Angeles

Los Angeles ©
Surrounded by mountain ranges, forests, valleys, beaches, and deserts, the metropolitan area of Los Angeles is home to over 17 million people.
Relax by the water at Venice Beach and Boardwalk and Will Rogers State Beach. Head to Abbot Kinney Boulevard and The Grovefor some retail therapy. Change things up with these side-trips from Los Angeles: Santa Monica (Montana Avenue & Third Street Promenade), Nicholas Canyon Beach (in Malibu) and Disneyland Park (in Anaheim). There's still lots to do: look for gifts at Amoeba Music, admire the majestic nature at Santa Monica State Beach, buy something for everyone on your list at Two Rodeo Drive, and wander the streets of El Pueblo de Los Angeles.

For other places to visit, more things to do, ratings, and more tourist information, read our Los Angeles online route planner .

Getting from San Diego to Los Angeles by car takes about 2.5 hours. Other options: take a bus; or fly. Expect somewhat warmer weather when traveling from San Diego in July: highs in Los Angeles hover around 33°C, while lows dip to 22°C. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 3rd (Sat) to allow time to travel to Yosemite National Park.

Things to do in Los Angeles

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trips

Santa Monica, Nicholas Canyon Beach, Two Rodeo Drive, Disneyland Park
Highlights from your plan
Venice Beach and Boardwalk ©
Venice Beach and Boardwalk
Will Rogers State Beach ©
Will Rogers State Beach
Santa Monica State Beach ©
Santa Monica State Beach

3
nights
Yosemite National Park

Yosemite National Park ©
Massive granite mountains, towering waterfalls, groves of Giant Sequoia trees, and wilderness as far as the eye can see distinguish the landscape of Yosemite National Park.
Yosemite National Park is known for nature, trails, scenic drive, museums, and historic sites. Your plan includes some of its best attractions: take in the dramatic natural features at Taft Point, take your sightseeing to a higher altitude at Cathedral Beach Picnic Area, look for all kinds of wild species at Nature Center at Happy Isles, and contemplate the waterfront views at Tenaya Lake.

To see photos, ratings, and other tourist information, read our Yosemite National Park travel planner .

Getting from Los Angeles to Yosemite National Park by combination of flight and car takes about 4.5 hours. Other options: drive; or do a combination of flight, bus, and taxi. Traveling from Los Angeles in August, expect colder with lows of 7°C in Yosemite National Park. Cap off your sightseeing on the 6th (Tue) early enough to go by car to Carmel.

Things to do in Yosemite National Park

Parks Nature Outdoors
Highlights from your plan
Taft Point ©
Taft Point
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area ©
Cathedral Beach Picnic Area
Nature Center at Happy Isles ©
Nature Center at Happy Isles

2
nights
Carmel

Carmel ©
Carmel-by-the-Sea, often simply called Carmel, is a city in Monterey County, California, United States, founded in 1902 and incorporated on October 31, 1916. Kick off your visit on the 7th (Wed): kick back and relax at Del Mar Beach, look for gifts at The Cheese Shop, and then immerse yourself in nature at Point Lobos. Get ready for a full day of sightseeing on the 8th (Thu): stroll through Carmel River State Beach, then appreciate the extensive heritage of Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard, and then kick back and relax at Asilomar State Beach.

For where to stay, more things to do, reviews, and other tourist information, read Carmel holiday planner .

Traveling by car from Yosemite National Park to Carmel takes 5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of car, flight, and bus; or do a combination of car, flight, shuttle, and bus. When traveling from Yosemite National Park in August, plan for little chillier days and a bit warmer nights in Carmel: temperatures range from 24°C by day to 16°C at night. Wrap up your sightseeing on the 8th (Thu) early enough to drive to St. Helena.

Things to do in Carmel

Beaches Parks Outdoors

Side Trip

Pacific Grove
Highlights from your plan
Point Lobos ©
Point Lobos
Pacific Grove Oceanview Boulevard ©
Asilomar State Beach ©
Asilomar State Beach

3
nights
St. Helena

St. Helena ©
The city of St.
Venture out of the city with trips to Healdsburg (Jordan Vineyard & Winery, Stephen & Walker Winery, & more). Dedicate the 9th (Fri) to wine at some of the top wineries in the area. There's more to do: do a tasting at Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards and stop by Oxbow Public Market.

To find other places to visit, photos, maps, and tourist information, go to the St. Helena tour itinerary planning app .

You can drive from Carmel to St. Helena in 3.5 hours. Alternatively, you can do a combination of bus, flight, and taxi; or do a combination of bus, flight, and subway. Traveling from Carmel in August, expect nights in St. Helena to be about the same, around 14°C, while days are a bit warmer, around 32°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 11th (Sun) so you can go by car to San Francisco.

Things to do in St. Helena

Wineries Tours Shopping

Side Trips

Healdsburg, Oakville, Napa, Inglenook
Highlights from your plan
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards ©
Anderson's Conn Valley Vineyards
Jordan Vineyard & Winery ©
Jordan Vineyard & Winery
Wine Tours & Tastings

5
nights
San Francisco

San Francisco ©
San Francisco is a top holiday destination featuring scenic beauty and great ethnic and cultural diversity.
Alcatraz Island and The Embarcadero will appeal to history buffs. Do your shopping at Ferry Building Marketplace and City Lights Booksellers. There's still lots to do: take in the waterfront at Fisherman's Wharf, hunt for treasures at Ferry Plaza Farmers Market, take a stroll through Union Square, and enjoy the sand and surf at Fort Funston National Park.

For ratings, reviews, where to stay, and more tourist information, use the San Francisco trip planning app .

You can drive from St. Helena to San Francisco in 1.5 hours. Other options are to do a combination of bus and subway; or take a bus. When traveling from St. Helena in August, plan for slightly colder days in San Francisco, with highs around 26°C, while nights are about the same with lows around 17°C. Finish up your sightseeing early on the 16th (Fri) so you can travel back home.

Things to do in San Francisco

Neighborhoods Shopping Parks
Highlights from your plan
Alcatraz Island ©
Alcatraz Island
Golden Gate Bridge ©
Golden Gate Bridge
Fisherman's Wharf ©
Fisherman's Wharf

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